Things to do in Hoi An
What to see in Hoi An
When we started planning our trip to Vietnam, most people we talked to said “You have to go to Hoi An!” So our third stop in a week in Vietnam just had to be Hoi An. To get to Hoi An we flew from Hanoi to Da Nang International Airport. Here are some of the Things to do in Hoi An.
Nu Ni Homestay
Nu Ni Homestay is a 23 kilometre shuttle bus ride from Da Nang International Airport and in a great location just short walk from Hoi An’s Ancient Town. We enjoyed our 2 night stay at Nu Ni Homestay, the Staff were welcoming, especially Thai who made sure we were looked after during our stay. The room was lovely and they had the best shower I have encountered in South East Asia. Nu Ni Homestay is located in a little alleyway where friendly locals give you a wave and a smile as you pass their houses on the way to the street.
Advantages…Close to Hoi An’s Ancient Town, close to dining, free Wifi.
Comfort level…very good, large clean rooms, great shower, very kind helpful Staff.
Things to do in Hoi An – Ancient Town
The Ancient Town was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Hoi An and I wasn’t disappointed. My favourite time of day to visit the Ancient Town is early in the morning, before the heat of the day and before it gets busy with tourists. Crossing the Japanese covered bridge, I found a peaceful haven of shady streets and stunning architecture that transported me back to days gone by. Hoi An is a great town for walking with so much to see along way. A visit to Hoi An Ancient Town is considered one of the best things to do in Hoi An.
Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Bars are all over the city and you will be spoilt for choice. Vietnamese coffee is delicious, I don’t think I have ever tasted a more heavenly coffee. Baguettes with a variety of fillings are a tasty French and Vietnamese fusion. Not as hot as their Thai counterpart the Vietnamese Green Mango salad is like a party in your mouth and a lot of fun to eat with chop sticks.
Co Gallery is an art gallery that features the work of artist Phan Thanh Minh and is just one of the many talented artists and art galleries that make Hoi An their home.
Memory Jewelry Design is a jewellery boutique that sells jewellery with styles from classic to contemporary, here you will find a design for every woman.
Tailor Shops, Hoi An’s Ancient Town is well known for its quality tailoring, you will find tailor shops all over the city. Having clothes made is another popular thing to do in Hoi An. To find the best place to get a suit made in Hoi An my advice is check with the hotel or guest house you are staying at as they usually know the best places.
Vietnamese Arts, Crafts & Souvenirs, can be found all over Hoi An, the choice is endless.
Hoi An Central Market backs on to the Hoai River and is a hive of activity. Again my love of markets shines through, there is something about the smell of spices and herbs, the interaction between stall sellers and the different produce and articles for sale that always attracts me. Central Markets is a fantastic place to try delicious Vietnamese dishes at very cheap prices. I tried the Pho (a noodle soup) and became a Pho addict, a very messy dish when using chopsticks but oh so comforting and delicious.
Temples such as the Cam Pho Temple can be found all over Hoi An. The Temples are beautifully ornate with their own tranquil atmosphere. Everyone should explore at least one Temple while visiting Hoi An, but remember to show respect and dress appropriately.
Out of Town
Ah Bang Beach
Ah Bang Beach is around 4 kilometres from the Ancient Town of Hoi An. It is a lovely rural walk passing rice paddies on cooler days and an easy taxi ride on sweltering days. Sunbeds and umbrellas overlook the white sands and can be purchased with the price of a meal at one of the restaurants close by. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Other Activities around Hoi An
We only had 2 nights in Hoi An and could only fit so much in, here are a few things we would have done if we had more time.
Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop, I would have loved to have done this tour but unfortunately my camera battery blew a gasket in Halong Bay and my camera wasn’t working. This tour features morning and afternoon tours that take you to villages where you can observe daily life while being taught different aspects of photography.
My Grandma’s Home Cooking, taking a cooking class is one of the top things to do in Hoi An and an interesting way to learn more about Vietnamese culture. My Grandma’s Home Cooking offer cooking classes and market tours. The Cooking Class includes a boat ride to a village on a small island in the river delta of Hoi An, where you will learn to prepare and cook 4 Vietnamese dishes. The Market Tour will introduce you to the exotic fruit and vegetables used in Vietnamese cooking. Discover the numerous culinary and medicinal uses for spices and plants.
Clam Island Diving, offer a range of dive and snorkelling tours which include lunch and Hotel pickups and drop offs (I really would have loved the snorkelling tour). Clam Island Diving also offer a variety of scuba dive courses and certifications from beginner to dive master.
Hoi An Village Experience, are a range of boat and bicycle tours that show the “REAL” Hoi An. Itineraries include the Hoi An Basket Boat Experience, Experience Eco Fishing Village and the Farming and Fishing Life Experience.
Would I Visit Hoi An Again
I really felt that we didn’t have enough time to see everything that Hoi An and the surrounding area has to offer, so yes I will definitely visit Hoi An and stay at the Nu Ni Homestay again. There are many things to do at night in Hoi An such as the never ending supply of fine restaurants and next time we will be sure to visit more of these too.
I hope you enjoyed our tips on things to do in Hoi An. Have you been to Hoi An? What was your favourite activity in the Hoi An area? We would love to hear about your experiences.